December 18, 2014

Make Your Own German Glass Glitter DIY


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You know that awful feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you drop a favorite vintage Christmas ornament...or two, or three?
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Kaboom...they fall to the ground!

I try to be so careful with mine when putting out for display and putting them away for the next year, but it happens. I'm going to share a tutorial with you today that I really think you will enjoy, and something that I've been doing for years now. 


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If you save up the broken bulbs you can create the best handmade glitter! I stumbled up this technique when I started saving my own broken bulbs knowing that someday I would find a use and it just made sense! 

The vintage bulbs are paper thin (hence~fragile) and this glitter technique will give you sparkles that are similar to the German glass glitter that crafters love...


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So here's what you will do...


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My daughter was kind enough to help me here, and she pulled off the reusable tops from the broken ornaments. Be sure to save those...


Make Your Own German Glass Glitter DIY

I like to put all of the broken bulbs into a Ziploc freezer bag within a paper towel first. The shards are VERY SHARP, so the paper toweling will help them from poking through the bag. Proceed doing this technique with caution to avoid cuts to your fingers!

If you have a rolling pin, next you will roll it over the bag several times back and forth. This will crush the glass into bits. You can also use a hammer or a rubber mallet but I prefer this method. No rolling pin? No problem. Use a glass turned on it's side...

Open and check until it's sufficiently crushed...

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Here is how it will look. It's not super fine, but it has so much sparkle!..

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The glitter can be applied to anything in your Christmas arsenal. Above I've used a clear ball and brushed some craft glue on in spots and then sprinkled on with a small spoon. I would not suggest using your hands, as it's sharp...

Make Your Own German Glass Glitter DIY

The glitter can be used to fill some clear glass balls with a small spoon by pulling the top off to sprinkle...

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Both results shown here...


Glue the glitter on to pinecones as well for a bit of glitz. You know how I love a spritz of glitz!..

Make Your Own German Glass Glitter DIY

 Outside...
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Inside...
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It even looks pretty displayed on a plate!

14 comments:

Julie Marie said...

Oh Janet, how gorgeous!... thank you so much for sharing this... I save all of my broken vintage ornaments as I just cannot bear to throw them out... I have them all in a bag in my Christmas closet... can't wait to try these!... when I was decorating my vintage pink tree the other day with my pink ornaments from the 40's I dropped one and I could not believe it... it actually bounced on my hardwood floor and up and I was able to catch it about three inches above the ground... considering how very fragile they were back then, it still amazes me... others I have not been as lucky with, now I have something pretty to use them for!... much love, xoxo... Julie Marie

Anne said...

Pretty Janet! Love this idea thank you for sharing! Last week my post in my dining room came crashing down on my small silver tree.If I saw this post then I could have save them...oh well I am sure I will manage to break a few more before the end of the season ;-)

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Wow how pretty those are. Such a great idea as we have dropped ornaments every year:) Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Fabulous idea ! They turned out so Pretty. Happy Holidays ~Cheers

Pura Vida said...

what a great idea...but you know...they actually look very lovely--broken in a dish like that just as they are!

JP said...

WOW, gorgeous idea and to think that I just threw one away :(
JP

Victoria said...

What a fantastic idea! Much better than having to throw it away, that would be heartbreaking. I stepped on a glass icicle this year and also one last year while I was decorating the tree but thankfully, they were not vintage!

Michaela Staňková said...

Loooove this idea Janet,looks fabulous !!!!!!! xx Vicky

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

What a great idea!!!...

Barbara DeLisle said...

this is so wonderful-thanks so much for sharing

Nancy Olliver said...

Great idea! Now I am asking myself why i ever threw away all my old broken ones, especially being the queen of broken to beautiful. They will all stay tucked away from now on! Much Love! Nancy

Teddee Grace said...

Could you use broken light bulbs as well? Not as pretty I realize. I'd think anything adorned with this broken glass would need to be labeled "Danger!".

Karen said...

Stopping by from Stone Gable. I love your idea of decorating a white tree with sparkly pink shards of glitter. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Karen said...

Stopping by from Stone Gable. I love your idea of decorating a white tree with sparkly pink shards of glitter. Happy Thanksgiving to you!